Newsletter – 10 February 2019


for the United Benefice of

Padstow, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor


Rector:  Revd Dr Stephen Holmes           07584 091870


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10th : Fourth Sunday before Lent

 A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.  Please take our love and prayers to your home parish.


Jesus called his first disciples. Today we hear of Jesus finding new ways to talk to people and to teach them, and we hear of his calling of those first disciples.  May we hear Jesus calling us.


O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright:

grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen 


Go before us, Lord, in all we do with your most gracious favour, and guide us with your continual help,

that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally by your mercy receive everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

READINGS FOR TODAY  (Lectionary pages 794/796)


First Reading                         Isaiah 6: 1-8

Isaiah’s vision of the glory of God – where we get the ‘holy, holy, holy’ from.


Second Reading                    1 Corinthians 15: 1-11

Some Christians in Corinth had questioned the teachings of the resurrection of the dead. St. Paul argues that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.


Gospel                                    St. Luke 5: 1-11

The miraculous catch of fish leads to the call of Simon Peter. “From now on you will be catching people”. James, John and Simon all followed him.


75th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Warwick. All involved in the tragedy will be remembered at the 11am Sung Eucharist at St Merryn on Sunday 17th February and in a short service at the red brick building by Padstow Harbour at 11am on Wednesday 20th February, the anniversary of her sinking.


St Merryn: Forget the Winter Blues and come and have a Cup of Coffee. There will be a ‘Get Together’ Coffee Morning with a Bring and Buy sale at St Merryn Church Hall on Tuesday 19th February from 10.30 am.


Royal British LegionThe Royal British Legion will be holding a coffee morning in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 16th February. Doors open at 10.00am.  Alan Veck (521029) is looking for prizes for his tombola stall. All donations gratefully received. Also it would be very nice to see you there. Thank you for your support.  Alan Veck.


LENT is round the corner!

The Great Forty-day Fast of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 6th March. On that day there will be an opportunity to begin Lent by receiving Holy Communion and the traditional ashes in each of our parishes:

St Merryn         10.30am           Eucharist & ashes

St Issey             10.30am           Eucharist & ashes

Padstow           5.30pm             Sung Eucharist & ashes


St Merryn:  To prepare for the austerity of Lent there will be a pancake party on Shrove Tuesday, 5th March, all welcome:

St Merryn Church Hall              11am – 1pm


Old Palm Crosses – If you have any old Palm crosses, there will be a box on the table at the back of our churches to collect the old ones for burning for ash to use at the Ash Wednesday service.


New Benefice Facebook Page: a new page for our parishes has been launched ‘The Church in Padstow, St Merryn & St Issey’. It carries news and events in our five churches, send information to Fr Stephen or the Benefice Administrator, Sue Norfolk.


Fr Stephen is on annual leave from February 11th – 18th

If you need a priest contact Canon Michael Fisher, 07970 865049

For other church matters contact your Churchwardens or the Benefice Office (details below)




The rebuild for the Parish of St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor will commence from today, Sunday 10th February, and last until Sunday, March 10th.


Every 6 years the Electoral Rolls of our Parishes are rebuilt from scratch.  If you would like to be included on the Electoral Roll of your Parish please contact your Electoral Roll Officer:


St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor                         Cathy Gwinell


By signing up you show that you are a member of your Church.

This will not commit you to anything, but you will, after 12 months, be eligible to serve on the PCC in your Parish if you wish and it also enables you to vote on church matters at the Annual Parochial Church Meetings.




Benefice Administrator: Mrs Sue Norfolk

Benefice Office, Church Rooms, Church Street, Padstow PL28 8BG          01841 534898

Office hours Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 1.00 p.m.

** All items for inclusion in the Weekly News sheet to be with the administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday**




9.30 a.m.           Service of the Word                             Trevone

9.30 a.m.           Sung Mass (BCP)                                   Little Petherick

11.00 a.m.         Sung Eucharist                                      Padstow

11.00 a.m.         Morning Prayer (BCP)                           St. Merryn

2.30 a.m.           Holy Baptism of Alfie Trevor O’ Hagan  Trevone





Bell Practice:     Monday afternoon 3-4.30 p.m.               Padstow


Tuesday 12th       

9.30 a.m.          Roman Catholic Mass                          Padstow

10.30 a.m.         Eucharist in the Osborne Room            St. Issey


Wednesday 13th

10.30 a.m.         Said Eucharist                                       Trevone


Thursday 14th Cyril, monk, c.869, Methodius, Bishop c.885

10.30 a.m.         Said Eucharist                                       Padstow

2.30 p.m.         Funeral of Heather Nanette Crews        St. Issey


Friday, 15th           

9.00 a.m.           Morning Prayer                                     Padstow




Saturday, 16th   

5.30 p.m.        Roman Catholic Vigil Mass                       Padstow



9.30 a.m.           Morning Prayer (BCP)                           Little Petherick

9.30 a.m.           Sung Eucharist                                      Trevone

11.00 a.m.         Service of the Word                             Padstow

11.00 a.m.         Sung Eucharist                                      St. Merryn


The Sung Eucharist at St Merryn today includes the Baptism of Issey Vivienne & Merryn Marjory Short, John Martyn Prynn & Gillighan Harold Michael Keohane, and also the Commemoration of the sinking of HMS WARWICK

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